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    December 1, 2012
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>> reporter: new york. >> would you ever? >> no. >> i mean, i just -- i'm sure it's delicious. i'm just saying that's like -- especially in this day and age, crazy. >> a cup of coffee or two gallons of gas. >> there you go. it's a bold move by a coffee house, that's for sure. >> apparently some people are going to go for it. i don't know. i don't even drink coffee. >> i know. >> and i drink tea, so it's good. i don't even have a hankering for it. who needs it? >> all right. just about 8:00 now. thanks for starting your morning with us. >> much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning." it starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. it's 8:00 on the east, 5:00 out west and we're starting this hour with the wrangling on capitol hill over the fiscal cliff. we're just 31 days until the deadline which could potentially trigger $7 trillion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases. both republicans and democrats
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are at a standoff. they are each blaming the other side for holding up the process, but republican congressman terry lee says that by going over the cliff the president may have an ulterior motive. >> many of us fear that the president's real plan here was to let us go over the cliff and blame the republicans, and that's what we look like we're being set up to do, and then if you go over the cliff, then two months later, a month later, the president can come back with a bill and say, hey, we're going to now since the republicans let everyone's taxes go up, i'm going to ride in here now and be the -- the knight in shining armor and lower the taxes on the lower two brackets. >> it is a case that is sparking painful reminders of trayvon martin, another florida teenager shot to death in an incident that has racial overtones. i'm talking about jordan davis, the 17-year-old who will be buried today after a disagreement at a florida gas
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station ended in his death. 45-year-old michael dunn has been charged with murder, but his attorney says comparisons to trayvon are not accurate, that he acted in self-defense, that his client did. george howell talked to jordan's father. >> i believe it was strictly anger. you know, people try to associate that whenever people of color are different from someone else, and i believe, still believe to this day, unless the gentleman tells me different, that it was anger that was involved and having the accessibility of these guns. >> reporter: your focus is on guns. >> yeah. >> reporter: your t-shirt. >> kill guns, not kids. law enforcement has been trarng trained, and they are the only ones that should have guns in public. two pakistani brothers living in florida are accused of plotting to use a weapons of mass destruction against americans. they were arrested on thursday,
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indicted yesterday. the federal indictment says the plot started in 2011, but investigators are now being pretty tight-lipped about specifics. they are trying to determine if the two were acting on their own or if they were receiving directions from overseas. and overseas now, north korea is upping the ante with the u.s. and south korea. its state-run media says a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit will lift off within the next two to three weeks. south korea warns if pyongyang does go ahead with this, it can expect a strong response. this would be north korea's second attempt at a rocket launch. the first was the rocket launch it hyped in april. that failed. both washington and seoul suspect the rocket launches are really cover for ballistic missile tests. and all week long we have been seeing protests in egypt, some of which have turned violent, and there are more moss demonstrations happening right now. protesters are holding duelling rallies for and against president mohamed morsi, so let's get straight to cnn's reza
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sayah in cairo for us. he's joining us now by phone. reza, the muslim brotherhood has called for not one but 2 million man marches in support of morsi. what do you know about those? >> reporter: randi, we are at one of them, and this is a very large gathering. obviously for more than a week now we've seen hundreds of thousands of egyptian protests against president morsi and the muslim brotherhood and now supporters of morsi say it's our turn. tens of thousands have showed up outside of cairo university where we are and saying we support president morsi and like the anti-government protest we can put on a large demonstration, too. a large turnout. a few thousand women. the gathering overwhelmingly men, and it's energized, chanting slogans. again, some of the opposition leaders and in support of the president. really this turnout puts into
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focus the conflict here between the opposition factions, the liberals, the moderates, the secularists and the president's supporters, the islamists, the supporters of the muslim brotherhood. the people here at the brotherhood demonstration support the president's move. they like the draft of the new constitution. they like that in about 15 days everyone is going to go out and have an opportunity to vote on the constitution, and they say this is how democracy should work. however, in tahrir square, you have the opposition faction. their position is they have been sidelined, squeezed out in the process of the draft of the constituti constitution, and they believe the islamists, the muslim brotherhood, president morsi, they have been sidelined by them and this was a power grab by the islamists, randi. >> and president morsi, reza, he's due to receive to receive
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the powers to ensure stability and will back down when the constitution is in place. how likely do you think that is? >> reporter: well, he's got momentum behind his position. essentially he says when he was elected president, he inherited legislative powers because there was no parliament and everyone understood that. he says he's been elected to establish a democratic institution and doesn't want the judiciary, still filled with old recommend mantz of the mubarak regime and his position is if people don't like the constitution in 15 days they can go vote no. now there's going to be a couple of developments potentially in the coming days that can really complicate things. a number of forces could vote against the constitutionality of his decrees and could vote to dissolve the panel that wrote the draft to the constitution. if that happens, look for things to get even more complicated. randi? >> reza sayah for us, reza, thank you. appreciate that. let's go to belize now.
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the central american nation is finding itself at the center of a murder mystery and also where internet mogul john mcafee has gone into hiding as police seek to question him in that murder. now in his first sit-down interview mcafee tells cnn's martin savidge has been like on the run. >> reporter: it's one of the most bizarre interviews and almost seemed at times like something out of a bad spy movie. there were people we had to meet and utter the right password to, vehicles we jumped into, drove around, switched out, switched into another vehicle and switchbacks, u-turns, crossing through parking lots. when we finally will got to john mcafee, he's wearing an outlandish disguise, kind of like an old man with a crippled arm, powder in his air to make himself look old and he's walking with a cane. when you talk to him though, this is where the conversation seemed to go from the credible to the crazy and then back to the credible again, and i began
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asking him the questions authorities want to know. did he have anything to do with the murder of his neighbor? he says no, absolutely not. he doesn't know who did. i said why don't you go to the police with that. he says because this is the crazy part, the government is out to get him. it's part of a plot. if they capture him, they will kill him. it's clear that he feels that he's running out of options and the walls are closing in. how do you see this coming to an end? >> i don't have a crystal ball. i'll continue to fight until something changes. >> reporter: you will not turn yourself in? >> i wil not. >> reporter: it will either be that somehow you get away or the authorities come and get you. >> one of those two, or get away doesn't mean leave the country. it means that, number one, they will find the murder of mr. fall. number two, the people of this country, who are by and large terrified to speak out, will start speaking out and something will change, but i will certainly not turn myself in and i will not quit fighting. >> reporter: authorities here in police say that any talk that this is a government effort to
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try to kill him is, well, as crazy as it sounds, that it's not true. this is a democratic nation. it is a nation that has a professional police force, and it is only natural when your neighbor shows up dead that authorities would want to talk to you. they make the same request. they would ask that john mcafee turn himself in merely to answer some questions, and that is it. in the mind of john mcafee, that is not it at all. victor. >> all right, martin savidge, and we'll, of course, continue to follow this really bizarre, bizarre story. >> getting more bizarre every day. much more ahead this hour for you. >> here's a look at what's coming up. women in war. only four countries allow women on the battle lines, and now some service women here are suing for that right. our legal expert weighs in. i think that what we can
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conclude is that we've got to be better. an extreme makeover, that's what some republicans say the party needs after losing the presidency and seats in congress. all morning we'll look at how the grand old party might be looking for a bold new image. talking points. "two and a half men" and turkey chili, just some of the highlights from the week that was. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven's home security gets the most rewards of any small business credit card! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great businesses deserve the most rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? here's your invoice.
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secretary under george w. bush and adviser to mitt romney. secretary gutierrez, thanks for joining us this morning. >> pleasure, thank you. >> we've heard from republicans about what needs to change, immigration and taxes, abortion. they talk about needing to reach out to voters, but i need you to put some meat on that bone for me. what does reaching out mean? does that mean a softening of a position? does that mean a changing of position, abandonment? what's there? >> well, it needs to start with articulating a position, and, you know, we have been and we need to strengthen our position as the party of individual empowerment, of growth, of prosperity, of individual opportunity, of small business, of less intrusive government, lower taxes, let people keep more of their money so they can continue to grow. >> so you think the problem is that during the election that the -- the points were not articulated properly? i mean, some would say that they heard the points but just
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disagree. >> there were some things that perhaps aren't consistent with that strategy, and one thing that i am very focused on is immigration. we can't be the party of opportunity, growth, prosperity, entrepreneurship, small businesses, upward mobility if we are not the party of immigration, and that means that we have to lead immigration. yesterday the stem act passed the house, a initiative by republicans, and it will be very interesting to see how democrats react to that. >> that's 55,000 diversity visas now will go to foreign nationals with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, that's the s.t.e.m. acronym, a lot say it's a piece meal approach and comprehensive is a way to go. what do you think about that?
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>> that is the question. we started out with a comprehensive approach. that didn't work the first time. a piece meal approach is what is being led right now by republicans. mario diaz balart and congressman labrador in the house, and what this does, for example, is allows us to increase the number of scientists, mathematicians, phds, who come into the country to stay here and work in the u.s. who have studied here instead of kicking them out, have them come in and work for us. we don't have enough people helping us with innovation, and what's happening is some companies are building r & d centers in canada because they can't find the people here. >> i want to go to something that a member of congress said. representative louis gutierrez says if you support this bill said you're saying one group of
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immigrants is better than another and one type of educated degree-holding person and their work is more important to others, harkening back to help wanted but irish need not apply. i mean, if you pick out those four sections and the don't go to people with other professions, aren't you creating a bit of a deficit in other areas? >> remember, as you -- as you said, and your very good question about piecemeal versus comprehensive, this is a piecemeal approach, and as long as we agree on the end game and where we're going, we need, you know, a path to legalization for people who have been here, who don't have a criminal background, who have been working and contributing, who have really been trying to access the american dream, and our immigration laws don't allow them to do that. >> mr. secretary -- >> we also need -- we also need a future vision for immigration. how do we manage immigration in the future? we have 75 categories. we need to change our laws, but
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the republican party needs to be the party of immigration, and by the way, the democrats haven't proven yet that they are the party of immigration. we'll see how they deal with the zmt s.tm s.t.e.m. act in the senate. >> what you just articulated, my question is how does that get through a republican primary? mitt romney felt the need to go far right, closer to the far right than even newt gingrich when he brought up the term of self-deportation, and newt gingrich said it was heartless to ask a grandmother who has been here for 25 years and goes to church every sunday to have to leave the country. mitt romney said that the people who are here illegally have to leave and will leave on their own. how does someone with your views get to the nomination? >> well, that's a very good question as well. i think we need to start with the party platform. what do we believe in? who are we, and, again, if we are prosperity, growth, individual opportunity, we
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celebrate success, we want upward mobility. we're not the party of the rich. we want everyone to be rich. that's -- that's the dream of the republican party. we cannot achieve that. we can't grow without immigration. our population is not growing, as you may have seen recently in an article. we cannot grow without a larger labor force. immigration is key in countries like canada, australia, new zealand, are doing it so much better than we are. republicans have to lead it because immigration is about growing the economy. >> secretary gutierrez, we know that you started that new super pac, republicans for immigration reform. we'll see how these ideas are accepted as we move into 2014 and to 2016. thank you for speaking with us this morning. >> thank you very much, sir. much more on our focus ahead. what about the women. the gop misses the mark with candidates, and we'll check in with that in the 10:00 hour. israel wants to build more
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. this just in to cnn as we take a look here at the protests taking place around egypt today, both in favor and against mohamed morsi, the president there. egypt's constitutional assembly has handed the new draft confusion over to president morsi in cairo. egypt state tv is reporting this and take a look again here at these live pictures of a rally
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of morsi supporters. the outcome of this whole thing will be really, really interesting because it will be a reflection of morsi's government there. some have said that his push for this new constitution is a power grab that really echos egypt's past and hosni mubarak so we'll be watching this throughout day and the next couple of weeks when the vote is expected to take place. hillary clinton is urging israel to reconsider plans to build thousands of new settlement homes. the secretary of state was just in israel next month, to help bring about its truce with hamas over gaza. her comments follow reports that israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has authorized the construction of 3,000 new homes. critics say the move is in retaliation after the palestinians won a u.n. bid to be recognized as a non-member observer state. syria may have no working internet right now, but the fighting is raging on. the country's civil war is focusing right new on damascus
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international airport on the outskirts of the capital there. rebels say they have surrounded it on one side. they are trying to keep the government's war jets grounded and stop its flow of weapons. syrian state-run tv insists the airport is functioning normally. mexico will swear in a new president in just a few hours when enrique pena nieto takes the oath. he named his new cabinet yesterday, you see him here. he also took control of the armed forces in a traditional midnight ceremony. >> teaching children with autism isn't always easy, but help may be on the way from an unexpected place. an ipad app and a green robot. joe carter has more in today's "start small, think big." >> reporter: children with autism are getting help from a friendly creature. >> it's a robotic system
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designed to help people with autism learn and practice skills in a fun way. >> can you help me? >> reporter: like making their bed or brushing their teeth. students at children's institute of pittsburgh are testing the system. they can play with popchilla and interact with the robot in the real world. >> children with autism want to present things in as many formats as possible. >> reporter: interbox created the system, originally specializing in entertainment robotics they realized they could help kids with autism by chance. >> we were at a kids' fair and had a high-end antoiimatroniani they explained hour son has autism and he rarely talks to strangers, hardly us and he's been having a conversation with the robot for 15 minutes. >> nice job. >> so our hope is by leveraging technology we can help them learn daily routines and social interaction skills through play. >> reporter: the app, which can
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bottom of the hour now. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. thanks for starting your morning with us. a look at some of the stories we're watching this morning. >> in washington, the calendar is coming ever closer to the fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats, however, are no closer to a deal. treasury secretary timothy geithner presented the president's plan to republicans on thursday and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell laughed out loud when he heard the details. the president wants wealthy americans to pay higher taxes and the republicans say that's a non-starter. a train derailment that leaked chemicals in paulsboro. a state environmental official says a lot of the chemical has dissipated. the derailment is being blamed on a bridge failure this. sent four bridge cars tumbling into the creek and near the
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delaware river. ford is issuing a voluntary israel of its 2013 escape and fusion models today after reports of engines overheating followed by vehicle fires when the engine is running. no injuries have been report, but if you own one of these models, ford advises you to contact your deal immediately for alternative transportation which ll be provided at no cost. repair procedures not yet known. >> portions of coastal washington, oregon, california, they will all face some sort of flood watch or warning or advisory this weekend. forecasters say a heavy mix of wind and rain and snow will pummel that region, at least through sunday. some areas will be drenched by more than 15 inches of rain. others will be buried about a foot, maybe up to 3 feet of snow. >> for u.s. servicewomen are ready to fight in court so they can be recognized on the battlefield like men. they are suing over the long-standing policy against
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women in ground wars. two have even received purple heart. let's bring in our cnn legal contributor paul callan, good morning. let's talk about this. it's getting a whole lot of attention. the reality is that service women are already facing combat in many instances. they are involved, well involved. this lawsuit is about career growth and leveling the playing field with their male count parts. what do you think are the chances of seeing change as a result of this case? >> well, it's very interesting. the courts have been very reluctant to tamper with the military. you know, if the pentagon things they want men in combat and not women in combat to win wars, the court is very hesitant to tell the generals how to run the battle field and what you found is the distinction between combat and non-combat is blurred, and you send a woman over there in a non-combat role and you know what? she's in combat all of a sudden when there are attacks because
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there's no front line. she, however, is not getting paid the same amount of money and not getting the same ability to get promotions as the men, so this lawsuit is saying something different than prior lawsuits which is basically the roles have been blurred, and these women are really in combat and they are not being paid for it. there are interesting arguments here, randi. >> this certainly is not the first time, no women in combat policy has been challenged and come into play. this is very different, you say, but how have the challenges fared in the past? >> they haven't fared very well in the past, and i think number one the reason originally was, you know, women were considered to be too delicate and tender and feminine to be out fighting with rifles, and that was kind of society 20, 30, 40 years ago. everything is changed now and weaponry has changed. women, you put a weapon in a woman's hand and she becomes the equal of a physically stronger
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male, so i think our societal attitudes have changed, and i think the attitude even in the military about women has changed. they are flying c-130 jets. they are very, very actively involved. in the end though, i don't think they will win this lawsuit, but i do think the military will make this change internally. i think they are allowing women to advance, and i think you'll see it coming from the generals, not the judges. >> yeah. in terms of the pressure. let's talk about that because the pentagon says it won't comment on an ongoing lawsuit. how much pressure do you think there is on the department to put women in ground wars on the front lines? >> well, i think there's substantial pressure now, and i think that the generals probably are going to respond. you know, the military was the first to eliminate racial discrimination, and they are very pragmatic about building a fighting force that works. and women have proven to be very, very effective warriors. the one problem they have had though, and i've got to tell you, the marine corps has been running, for instance, some of the top females in the marine
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corps through one of the top boot camps for officer training. none of the women have been able to pass some of the physical tests, and in the end opponents of this, randi, say, the marine corps says leave no man behind. drag a man off the battlefield. can a 15-pound woman drag a 225-pound marine fully clothed in armor and what not off the battlefield, she can't pass the test and that's what it comes down to in the end i think that a lot of people worry about. >> paul callan, interesting discussion, no doubt. thanks very much for your time this morning. >> nice being with you, randi. >> thank you. the u.n. ambassador gets grilled on the hill. we get a little closer to peeking over that fiscal cliff and two very lucky americans. they got a whole lot richer. a look back now at the week that was. >> the fiscal cliff, now just 34 days away. >> we only have a couple weeks to get something done. >> listen, this is not a game. >> you'll sign this bill as soon as congress sends it my way. >> susan rice faces more
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backlash. >> i still have many questions that remain unanswered. >> there are no unanswered questions. >> somebody somewhere is waking up filthy stinking rich. >> lottery mascot doing "gangnam style" for us this morning. >> money, politics and the mix dominated this week that was. the week center on a big worry. >> this fiscal cliff. >> fiscal cliff. >> fiscal cliff. >> we could actually go off the fiscal cliff. >> we're facing a fiscal grand canyon. >> okay. so it's a big deal. question is can these guys strike a deal? >> i've got to repeat. i've got a pen. >> meantime, damage control for u.n. ambassador susan rice out to smooth things over with this week with republicans after those benghazi talking point. >> exextremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. >> it didn't work. now their talking points. >> we are significantly troubled. >> i want to say that i'm more troubled today.
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>> democrats shot back. >> they are not only blaming her for this intelligence report, they are trying to blame her for the actual tragic event. >> i've seen so much crazy stuff in this house could i write a book. >> or make an internet video. >> not be a true god-fearing person and be on a television show like that. >> that's actor angus t. jones, the "two and a half men" star caught slamming his own tv show. >> if you watch "two and a half men," please don't watch "two and a half men." i'm on "two and a half men," and i don't want to be on it. >> he apologized, but still he may get his wish. >> now to just two men, these two men, mano-a-mano in the white house thursday. former rivals on a private lunch date. >> it was an awkward moment when romney looked around and said, so, how much do you want for the place? >> on the menu, white turkey chili with some southwestern grilled chicken salad. >> good luck. >> thank you very much. >> and all that buildup. >> these are actually going to be the winners tonight.
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>> i feel like today is the day. >> $580 million jackpot for you. >> or the big letdown. >> two winning powerball tickets were sold in last negotiate's drawing and will split the record winnings. >> oh, well, there's always next time, and that's the week that was. well, that fiscal cliff is looming. still, we'll wade through the differences between the lawmakers and see what sticking points are threatening to stall our economy. but first, last year we introduced our top ten cnn hero bruno sirato, a west coast chef, honored to serving free feels to kids in southern california. >> and since then he's taken his generosity to a whole new level. anderson cooper has more. >> who liked the pasta? >> me. >> every night chef bruno serves free moles to 300 motel kids in anaheim, california. it's work that he was honored
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for last week as a top ten cnn hero. >> one of the most amazing moments in myly. after the cnn show a lot of people call me, what can we do for you? >> but it was bruno who wanted to do more to help families living in area motels. >> send the kids back to the mow tell, all of a sudden there's a sad moment because i know where they go back. >> you guys can all share those markers. sit right here and color. >> a hard life to escape. just ask the gutierrez family who lived in a motel with their five children for more than a year. >> this is our living room/bedroom. me and my husband sleep in here and then the rest of them sleep on this bed. >> he got laid off. i stted working just a month ago. it's really hard for us to save us to get into an actual home. >> i came over to say let's pay the first and last month. >> but providing a deposit bruno
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helps them leave the motel life beyond. working with a local non-profit 22 families have gotten into a start of their own. >> what do you think? >> i just love it. kids ran around and explored. >> this is yours. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> my heart is very full of joy. >> we put them back people to their own home. >> bruno helps to move more families by the end of the year. new recipe for helping others. >> and on sunday watch the cnn heros pre-show special, sharing the spot late at 8:00 p.m. eastern. the main event, cnn heros, an all-star tribute airs at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. should be a great show. be sure to join us here on cnn. sfx- "sounds of african drum and flute" look who's back. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing!
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welcome back to "cnn saturday morning." just 31 days until the u.s. goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, and in washington it is a standoff between the democrats and the republicans, each side arguing it's the other guys holding up the process. >> if congress does nothing, every family in america will see their income taxes go automatically up vaer 1st. >> many of us feared the president's real plan here was to let us go over the cliff and blame the republicans, and that's what we look like we're being set up to do, and then if you go over the cliff, then two months later or a month later the president can come back with a bill and say, hey, we're going
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to now, since the republicans let everyone's taxes go up, i'm going to ride in here now and be theshining armor and lower taxes on the lower two brackets. >> whether it's tax increases or cuts to government programs, come january 1st the situation in your wallet won't be all the same. here to sort it all is bloomberg tv anchor trish regan. the president has drawn a line, no tax increases on the line, means no deal from the white house. do you think this is an insurmountable challenge for the republicans? >> it's a pretty tough up, randi. he wouldn't election and as the former treasury secretary larry summers told me just this week, he won the election based on this, that there should be higher taxes on the wealthy, so he's really dug in his heels, and he has, as he would say, the
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public support behind him. he's taken this message on the campaign trail. he's continuing to speak all around america right now about this very issue, and so unless the republicans are willing to allow tax rates to go up on the wealthy, it could be very difficult to get a deal done. >> it is certainly a campaign-style push going out there with his pen in hand ready to go telling people he's ready to sign it. let's take it down to the household level. i mean in, a sense, what do these tax increases mean for families? there's been some confusion about which parts of incomes will be taxed at a higher level and certainly not all of it, right? so just clear that up. >> you're correct. so, for example, randi, you made $69 a year, well, $59 of that would actually taxed at 15%, so normal, but it's that extra $10,000, that extra 10,000 that would be taxed at 28%, so part of your income would be taxed at
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a higher rate, but let's not forget, even though it may just be part of your income, that's income that you don't have then to spend on other things, and so when we're talking about an economy that's in a pretty fragile state as this one is right now, if people don't have as much money to spend, that's going to be hurtful. that's going to be hurtful to retail sales, to restaurants, to movie theaters, to everything that keeps this economy going. >> one thing that has also been discussed is taking away the mortgage interest deduction, certainly that's a big bonus of homeownership for a whole lot of folks. do you think that's a risky move considering how fragile the housing recovery is right now? i mean would that mean possibly people won't buy homes? >> it very welcome. i mean, it's fascinating, right, randi? you think about homeownership, the american dream and part of that is the tax incentive that this country offers. now you can argue whether that's right or wrong. you look at canada, for example,
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they haven't quite had the housing debacle mess that we have, and they don't offer that tax deduction, but nonetheless it's become part of an american psychology. if i buy a home, i'm going to get a break on my taxes so there's an incentive do that. you take that away, and it would be quite monumental. as to how it would affect the housing industry, you've got a housing industry that's really on shaky ground still. we have seen some recovery. we need that recovery to continue. if you suddenly stripped away the mortgage tax deduction for everyone, i think that would be very, very prop maccic. what you might likely see is taking that away for the wealthiest of americans, where they are hopeful that they wouldn't have as big an impact, but taking it away for everyone, that would be tough for the housing industry. >> people are just bracing to see what gets decide, if anything at all in, washington waiting for this to happen. >> you're right. >> nice to see you, and thank
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>> no, that is not one of santa's little elves, that's the first dog bo who is i guess the president's little elf. he has got this down. he is checking out the christmas decorations, making sure that everything is where it needs to be, and he's got good reason to make sure because 90,000 visitors will be check out the holiday season at the white house. >> ah, great video. >> next hour, "cnn saturday morning" is starting right now. >> and good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm victor blackwell. 9:00 on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. out west. it's good to have you with us this morning. the civil war for syria, it's intensifying in the country's capital. rebels are claiming they have tightened their grip on the damascus international airport, but syrian state-run tv insists that's not true. take a look at this. this graph by an internet
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traffic monitor shows syria's internet activity just slammed to nothing on thursday. rebels say they are relying on radio and the satellite phone communication instead. let's go live now to cnn's mohammed jamjoom in beirut, lebanon. what's the situation with the internet and the phones there in syria next door right now? >> reporter: well, victor, this is day three of the internet and phone lines in syria effectively being shut down across the country now. we've heard from internet monitoring companies the past couple of days saying they don't believe that the syrian rebels of the opposition would have the capacity to shut down the internet and phone lines in syria, that they believed that it would be the government shutting down if any one group was behind. the u.s. government also said they believe this is a desperate move on the part of the syrian regime to try to limit news getting out of syria of what's going on there. it is very serious. one of the reasons this is very serious is because activists,
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opposition activists and rebel-free syrian armies, depend on the internet, a lifeline of them trying to get a flood of images and images out of syria so the media can show what's going on inside syria at a time when it's so difficult for journalists to get in. as i said, this is day three, internet shut down and phone lines effectively shut down and rebel-free syrian armies say because of this they are having to rely more on radio equipment, but because radio equipment is more secure, it's easier for the syrian regime to track them and intercept the messages if they are using that type of radio equipment. victor? >> let's talk for a moment about the airport. the rebels have seized control of a large area around one side of damascus international airpt. state tv saying it's not true. if they have indeed accomplished that, how significant is it? >> reporter: it would be very significant. it would be a huge morale booster for the free syrian army in syria to have been able to shut down the airport, to have been able to capture that territory. the rebels are talking about 20
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kilometer stretch of land north and east of the main road, the main highway leading to the airport. they say they are in control of it. they say they are trying to shut down the operations to the airport but that's one fairity. the other narrative, as you said, is the syrian regime. they are maintaining even today that the airport is fully functional, and they are saying that that the road -- the highway to the airport has been secured and that it is functioning as normal. as i said, if the rebels were actually able to completely shut down the airport, were able to seize the airport, that would be a huge victory in their eyes. that would be a huge morale boost because that would show that the regime has weakened to the point that they were not able to effectively defend the airport there and stave off the opposition and the rebel-free syrian army members. victor? >> mohammed, are we seeing that the opposition is gaining a lot of ground, and they have gained ground in the last few days? are we seeing any weak anything of the syrian military? >> it's hard to independently verify obviously, but the fact
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is we hear more and more that the rebels are able to take over more towns. they seem to have momentum at their backs right now. they seem to be taking over more swaths of territory, but the fact of the matter is that the syrian regime still has the air power in syria, and that's what has made this -- this war of attrition more of a stalemate the past several months. every time the rebels seem to advance and capture a town or a strategic territory, because those gunships, because those -- those warplanes are in the hands of the syrian regime, they are able to push back those rebels once more. what we've heard the last couple of weeks is that the rebels seem to be acquiring more surface-to-air missiles because they have been seizing a lot of military bases and air bases throughout syria, and they have been taking it from regime forces, seizing those equipment and they have been able to bring down more planes horclaim they are bringing down more planes. the syrian regime has not commented on it but the rebels are bringing down planes, that they have more momentum, and that they believe that they are going to be victorious in their
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battle with the syrian regime. victor? >> watching this for two years. continued to watch, it mohammed jamjoom. >> thank you. >> and now to u.s. alice in egypt. >> protests for and against the egyptian government in cairo. muslim brotherhood calling for 2 milian man marches today voicing support for president mohamed morsi. a different scene across town in tearir square, the opposition against giving morsi new problems, this as the draft constitution was just handed to the president a short time ago it. now goes to a referendum. >> back here in the u.s., republicans and democrats are wrangling over how to avoid falling over this fiscal cliff. this week the president sent over his plan to republicans. there was $1.5 trillion in tax
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increases and an additional 50 billion in stimulus spending. republicans were not happen wet offer. john boehner called the plan bait and switch and minority leader much mcconnell made him burst into laughter. >> across the globe today is world aids day, the white house marking the event by displaying a red ribbon on the north portico, a life picture of the white house, an international show of support and awareness, in a proclamation president obama says in part that the united states is committed to preventing the disease is quote, spending and ending this pandemic once and for all. >> do same-sex couples have a constitutional right to mayor? we don't know yet. the u.s. supreme court held a closed-door meeting to decide whether to hear a series of appeals. but they didn't say if they will take action on the divisive issue. some took this as a sign that nine justices need more time. we expect an announcement by monday morning.
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and we continue to keep an eye on former president george h.w. bush this morning who is in stable condition at houston's methodist hospital. he was admitted eight days ago and is being treated for bronchitis. his office says the former president is expected to be released in the next few days. bush is 88 years old. the oldest living former president. and to staten island now where a town hal meeting where victims of superstorm sandy got so heat that had we had to share it with you. >> you think it's a joke. you really think it's a joke. you go home for the holidays, i don't! but you sit there. >> our affiliate wabc captured a very tense scene as you see it there. this was on thursday night as more than 700 people angry about the slow pace of the recovery efforts sought answers from fema representatives about when they could expect relief. some residents reportedly walked out of the meeting while fema officials talked about how to register for assistance. can you imagine the
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welcome back. women banned from moving up in the military just because they are women. certainly not a new concept. >> just saying no better no, worse. >> there's a lot of people who don't want to see you finish.
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>> g.i. jane, why don't they just call her joan of arc. >> i'm trying to join you. >> permission to get dressed, chief. >> damn that girl is good. >> demi moore in the 1997 release "g.i. jane" and more than a decade later women working in a male-dominated military is still an issue, so much so that four women are suing the pentagon. they are arguing against a long-standing policy that pans women from being assigned to certain positions strictly because of their gender. the suit claims women are barred from more than 238,000 positions across the armed forces, including all infantry positions. marine corps reserves captain zoe bedell is one of the plaintiffs. >> policy limits my future in the marine corps. i would be assigned to positions based on my gender rather than on my qualifications or my accomplishments. this didn't make sense for me personally or professionally and frankly doesn't make sense for the military. >> and she joins me now live.
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captain, thank you very much for being with us this morning. you graduated the top of your marine corps glass, deployed to afghanistan not once but twice but left active duty because you say theful failed to recognize your combat leadership experience. how so? >> thank you for having me. yes, that's right. i was serving with the female engagement team which means that i was leading marines in a combat zone in afghanistan. the marines were regularly patrolling with infantry unit and they were engaged in combat and the policy doesn't recognize that on the ground by saying we can't serve in combat positions. made my job significantly harder as a leader to deploy my marines correctly and made it harder for the commanders on the ground there to employ their personnel as they were needing to and putting the best person at a loss. ultimately, yes, i decided to leave active duty because i didn't think it made a lot of sense for me as you heard and i don't think it makes sense for the military either. >> in may of this year the army
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opened up 14,000 combat related jobs to women. earlier this year the marine corps opened up its infantry officer course and a grueling course and it's been open only to men. some might argue that the military is moving towards full inclusion of women and has shown great progression towards that end. what do you say to those folks. >> those are definitely welcome steps. glad to see that and glad to see this moving. however, there's still 238,000 jobs that are still closed to women and that's a lot. that's a lot and while we well come incremental policy, we hate to see it taken away complete and give women a chance to compete in all areas, not just more. >> women are allowed to serve in combat positions and in several nations, israel, canada, new zealand, australia, just among them there, and do you think that that helps change public perspective about the role of women. >> sure. well, it's not just in other countries. the fact is that we've been at
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war for ten years now and women have been serving in afghanistan and in iraq throughout that whole period. women have performed extremely well in all of those environments, so i think even within our own country there's plenty of evidence suggesting that women are very capable of handling these jobs. >> you know, the military's official policy towards service women goes back to 1994. that's when this rule was put in place. why do you think it hasn't been looked at? what more needs to be done? >> well, you know, for a number of years there we weren't really actively at war so people weren't really looking at it and while we were at war people were concerned about fighting the fight and getting the job done, but personally i'm a little surprised that since we have been at war for ten years people haven't looked more closely at this and haven't looked at the reality of that's going on on the ground in iraq and afghanistan and how they have been making more steps to move us away. i think we're head there had now, better late than never, i suppose, and need to see this happen here soon. >> getting ready for the
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segment, contacted the department of defence to get their comment on the lawsuit. they say they don't comment on pending litigation. i'm curious why leeptia. clearly the guidelines barring women from advancing to certain positions in the military were in place well before he was appointed the secretary of defense. he's the one that ordered the 14,000 positions to be opened up to women, so why him? >> that's just in his position at secretary of defense. nothing against leon panetta himself. >> captain zoe bedell, appreciate your time this morning and do keep us posted on the lawsuit, full. >> absolutely. thank you for having me. >> thank you. one of the two winners of the powerball lottery has yet to come forward, but look at how this guy reacts. told customers in this gas station that he is the big winner. ng down. consider the silverado 1500 -- still the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road. and now we've also been recognized for lowest total cost of ownership -- based on important things,
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i went by to see what the numbers, and i got back in my car and i didn't have my glasses, and i was -- i was thinking is that the right numbers, is that the right numbers, and i was shaking and i called my husband, and i said i think i'm having a heart attack. >> oh, you would feel the same way if you knew this was in your future. cindy hill's heart is fine. her pockets are even better. she, her husband, their three grown sons and their 6-year-old, they won half of this week's $587 million jackpot in the powerball lottery. hill's oldest son, get this, got a text from his mom saying call me asap, and since his mom is in his words kind of the girl who would cry wolf, he didn't believe her. well, he's now there with the check, and he does. >> yeah. the bank account, that's the proof right there. >> yes. >> well, we told you what we
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know. we're sure that we've identified one-half of the powerball winning equation, but who is holding the other ticket? could it be the mystery man from maryland? brian todd sis on the case. >> reporter: the usual midday buzz at a gas station convenience store. on this surveillance video, this mystery man checks a powerball ticket with the manager. >> and you're saying, what did you say? >> he got, it i said. that's the right number. >> the man may be the arizona winner of the powerball drawing, could be holding a ticket worth nearly $200 million. this customer right next to him. >> i said the winning ticket was from arizona, i just got back from there and said he was in the military. >> reporter: winning ticket was bought at a convenience store near phoenix. when he found out back in maryland, the apparent winner sure made an impression with the
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cashier. >> he went really bad to the counter, oh, my god. i'm scared, i'm ed scare. i think he would have a heart attack. >> the man ran out and then came back realizing he had forgotten to get his gas, but who is he? so far we don't have a name. this is the spot where all the excitement took place. the counter, the machine that print out ticket where the man checked his numbers, but it's on the surveillance tape where you can pick up a couple more clues about the guy and about his behavior here. >> on the video, we see him before he finds out giving some cash to a young man who doesn't have enough for his purchase. we see the man's car pulling out but can't make out his license plate. a witness says he may have had a virginia department of transportation logo on the back of his vest. we searched for that logo and found a pattern that looks similar. a spokeswoman for that agency says it looks like one of their vests, maybe worn by somebody in their safety service patrol.
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we dow do know he has a severance humor. >> how did his behavior change he figured out he may have won? >> the last i knew he had enough money to ask beyonce out so i guess he was pretty happy about it. >> we cannot say with certainty that this was the arizona winner. an arizona lottery official told us no one has come forward yet to redeem the winning ticket. the person has 180 days to do that and has to redeem it in arizona or mail it in. brian todd, cnn, upper marlboro, maryland. >> okay. so you said you wouldn't come forward. >> you are wouldn't hear from me until i had that big check in my hand. >> would you do the dance like he did though in the gas station? >> i would go home and do the dance, but, hey, look, i'm a millionaire, no. >> i would stuff it right in the pocket, quietly walk out to my car and you wouldn't hear from me until the news conference. >> i don't know what i would do with it at home. i'd be afraid to put it anywhere. nowhere is safe unless you have a safe. >> call a lawyer. >> wouldn't take it to the bank because the bank could burn down
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and you don't have the ticket. >> keep it on you. >> on my person. >> there you go. >> well, still, much more ahead, live pictures right now of avalon bay on catalina island, california. look at that nice shot. >> very nice. >> good morning. glad you're with us here on "cnn saturday morning." two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america.
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coming at the top of the hour, we will look at a controversial therapy that is making headlines nationwide. proponents say it can cure people of homosexuality. now one group of men is filing suit comparing the therapy to mental torture. we'll talk with one of them and his allegations are definitely going to shock you. >> let's check top stories now. >> the president and congress still no closer to finding a
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conclusion to this fiscal problem. president obama shared his plan gug a $1.6 trillion tax increase, part of which will come from increasing taxes on the wealthy. republicans have called that option a non-starter. >> rival protests are under way in egypt's capital right now. thousands of demonstrators have packed the streets around cairo university today to show support for president mohamed morsi. >> just across the nile river the opposition has been urging its followers to come out to tahrir square to protest morsi's expanded powers but so far it's been a future smaller power there. egyptians will vote meanwhile on a new constitution in two weeks. >> south korea has a warning for north korea. it says pyongyang can expect a strong response if it goes ahead with a plan to launch a rocket this monk month. another rocket launch attempt by north korea failed. that was in april. a so-called proposed doover a
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